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Scoping an online ‘research ready’ lifestyle programme for type-2 diabetes

12 months
Approved budget:
Professor Grant Schofield
Associate Professor Caryn Zinn
Dr Catherine Crofts
Dr Glen Davies
Dr Louise Schofield
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
Type-2 diabetes (T2D) is an inequitable health burden in New Zealand. While lifestyle modification is the recommended first line prevention and management tool, there is little evidence of widespread effective health delivery of lifestyle interventions, especially dietary support in NZ's primary care sector for T2D. The Virta (US) and (UK) programmes are online diabetes treatment platforms based around the practice of carbohydrate restriction. We will develop a NZ-relevant programme from these highly effective models. This research activation project will help scope a NZ version of these programmes and make them culturally relevant, especially to Māori. We will create a ‘research ready’ online lifestyle programme that has the capability to assess outcomes using pre- and post-programme data, as well as engage and educate participants in lifestyle behaviour changes. This work will lead to further health delivery research in large-scale application of this programme in NZ for T2D.